The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by A.F. Stewart
Cosmic shimmers reflecting in the water, where water shouldn’t be—on the moon of this planet. Dusty dry for years, its moisture sucked away into space, surface liquid was an anomaly. Not that the scurrying creatures on the world below would comprehend the significance of the event. They visited years ago, but never truly explored their moon; they might as well still worship it as a goddess for all they knew of it.
Those creatures got one thing right though: water was life. Here, it was an old life, newly awakened and stirring through the cracks and grime. Oozing fluid gushing over the crevices and bubbling into sentience. A voice summoned it, some primordial vestige from far beneath the planet’s oceans. Nothing eldritch or arcane, but the ancient thing that spawned the stories and fired the dread of the dark. In desperation and anger, they sang to each other across the void, in no words but united in thought.
We want our home back.
Death to the invaders.
Kill these things called humans.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from A.F. Stewart:
Visions and Nightmares
Tragedy spares no one… and takes no prisoners.
In the twilight shadows, secrets are revealed past the whispers of madness.
Wander into the realm of the old gods with Elenora, where humanity and marriage are a prison.
Step through a looking glass of dark horrors with an Alice you never knew.
Join with Zenna to seek the truth as her death by magic grows closer.
Journey with Olivia as she crosses paths with a monster of the forest and runs for her life.
Watch Isobel summon the faerie to solve her problem of an unwanted husband.
Shiver as Doctor Killbride experiments with corpses to create life from death.
All that and more await within the pages.
Ten stories. Ten women.
Who will survive? Who will fall? And who will succumb to their inner evil?
Find out in Visions and Nightmares.
Warning: This book contains disturbing scenes that may be upsetting to some readers.
Nice flash A.F.! Short & to the point = humanity, the culprit
Very nice indeed – a real story (haibun?) for our times.